Post # 1
Yesterday was my first dress shopping experience.
I went to a boutique about a half hour out of town that I’ve heard fantastic things about. My wwedding date hasn’t been 100% set, but it’s going to be over a year away, so I’m not in a huge rush. Mostly I wanted to figure out what shape or style works with my figure.
The other thing is I’m planning on losing another 40 lbs while working with a personal trainer. I really dont think a dress can be altered down that much.
The place I went to is mostly dresses bought off the rack. I don’t have a problem with that at all, what I found odd was that the dresses weren’t in protective bags, and some of the dresses I tried on had obviously been tried on by other people.
I saw satin gowns next to beaded gowns causing some pulled fabric, but they were still marked at brand new dress prices. Isn’t this odd? One dress I tried on was covered in dark makeup.
I did fall in love with a dress while I was ther, it was priced at 1400$. When she was lacing me in she was standing on the train in shoes!!! Is this common? The dress had been there for 7-8 months so I can only imagine how many times it has been tried on.
Also if I chose to order something in not off the rack they require the full payment upfront.
This all just made me uneasy.
Post # 3
It depends. Is the boutique part of a not-for-profit organisation? I bought my dress from a charity for cancer support/research. Their dresses are not in protective bags and to be bought off the rack. The staff are also volunteers so they may not know/are aware of everything. My dress is a little bit dirty, but it’s not very obvious so I didn’t make a big deal about it. I got it for about $400.
See if you can research more about the boutique, but also trust your gut instinct.
Post # 4
My dress shop did not keep dresses in protective bags, but most were not sold off the rack – the off the rack prices are discounted to account for any wear and tear from other brides trying on the dresses. this is a risk you run by going to an off-the-rack store, unfortunately.
Post # 5
I tried finding reviews online and there isn’t a single one. The shop is a regular business, all the consultants are paid not volunteers and none of the profits go to charity or anything like that.
The main thing I have an issue is, why should I pay 1400$ for a dress that is no longer in new condition. For 400$ I wouldn’t mind at all. They also rename all their gowns so you don’t know who the designer is.
I asked for the designer for my dress and she wouldn’t tell me.
ETA: I was also dealing with the business owner, not a regular consultant.
Post # 6
@maniccupcake: “I asked for the designer for my dress and she wouldn’t tell me.”
Everything else you stated was kind of weird, but this takes the cake. I would never go back there if I were you.
Post # 7
@maniccupcake: Yes, it is odd that they are charging full price for dresses that are bought off the rack and tried on by other people. When I purchased my dress off the rack I got about a 40% on the dress. Do they wash and make repairs to the dress for free? If not I would probably steer clear of the place.
@somerrae: All of the dress shops I went to did this (removed the designers name). They did this as well for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. It’s fairly common where I’m from. They do this so that you can’t easily find it in another store. They want you to just purchase it from them.
Post # 8
I would agree that it is strange that they want you to pay full price for gowns that have been tried on and possibly damaged by other brides. Usually places give you a discount if you buy the “sample” gown to compensate you for the risk that you might need to have the dress cleaned and repaired.
Post # 9
You should not pay full price unless the gown was ordered for you from the designer. These dresses are obviously samples that they are trying to sell as new. I would not buy a dress unless it is a really good deal. $1, 400 is not a good deal for most samples unless the original price was at least $3,000 or so.
Post # 10
My dress is a sample dress, and you can definetly tell!
I have to have the lace-up for the corset replaced because its ripped, steamed and cleaned because there’s makeup on it, the fabric underneath the arms needs to be fixed because it’s pulling, some of the details/beads need to be reattached because they are falling off..etc,etc,etc.
Sample dresses aren’t generally taken care of, BUT….Alternations can do wonders!!